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Street Fighter 5’s Seth has a New Look, New Moves, and an Old Tanden Engine

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One of my lowkey favorite fighting game tropes is the doppelganger. This is the special boss or character who uses mimicry in their move set. It isn’t always a 1:1 copy kit; often there’s a twist or two to make these characters stand out and keep the concept novel. A classic example is Tekken’s Mokujin, who does just copy moves, but swaps styles at random between rounds. Street Fighter’s recent example is Seth, a boss character from Street Fighter IV who used their doppelganger powers to be an overpowered, final boss cheatyface.

But while Seth’s gimmick was great for a challenge against the AI, they could be pretty crummy as a playable fighter. Now Seth has returned via Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and is drastically different in many ways. This new Seth is almost a fully original character now, but includes a nod to their doppelganger origin with a tool that adds a little kick to their moveset, instead of being the central theme.

In Street Fighter IV, Seth was an…



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